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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

Journey deep into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on this wilderness adventure from Queenstown. On this 6-hour tour, combine the thrill of an exhilarating jet-boat ride down the Dart River with a guided forest walk and a backcountry safari. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys, this is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Your expert guide will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as well as captivating stories of the original Maori people and the region’s early pioneers.


  • Mt Aspiring National Park and Dart River wilderness adventure from Queenstown
  • Enjoy an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Dart River
  • Admire the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on a guided nature walk
  • Enjoy a guided forest walk and a back-country bus tour
  • Learn about unique vegetation and wildlife with your expert naturalist guide

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What You Can Expect

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

Dart River jet boat

After hotel pickup in Queenstown, travel to the township of Glenorchy, located on the edge of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This 28-mile (45-km) journey will show you some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The region has been used as the setting for many feature films including The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your guide will point out some of these locations along the way.

From Glenorchy, embark on a jet-boat ride down the Dart River. Enjoy thrilling jet spins as you navigate the ever-changing shallow channels of this glacier-fed, braided river system, and listen as your expert boat driver highlight points of interest that give this area its unique natural and cultural importance.

Next, discover the surrounding vegetation and spot wildlife on a leisurely walk through an ancient forest with your naturalist guide, who will share intimate knowledge of the area.

Then, travel along a backcountry route and enjoy a fun off-road adventure! Learn more about this fascinating area and stop to view some of New Zealand’s most epic scenery.

After your wilderness adventure, enjoy a relaxing drive back to Queenstown.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great spin up the dart river - and knowledge of the woods was really good . Yeah may try the kayaks next for more in depth adventure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Fantastic trip. We had a really lovely day weather wise just brilliant sunshine. The jet boat ride was excellent with the scenery up the dart river just beautiful.These tour operators are great with excellent dialog and knowledge of this part of New Zealand. The trip is highly recommended as good value for money and to view this part of the NZ National park.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

BRILLIANT BRILLIANT - boat trip BRILLIANT BRILLIANT but leave it till later in the day when a lot af the cloud has lifted. Exciting, superb panarama, the 4 wheel part was fine and the scenes from the Queenstown to GlenOrchy coach breattaking and that trip not too long but the boat BRI**IANT.

John S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Good tour. Bus driver from Queenstown gave commentary of the area. Wilderness Safari was good provide information on the area and the Flora and Forna. Jet boat not as good as Shotover but still provided sufficient excitement.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

Jet boat is awesome

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2014

Well actually I was extremely dissapointed. We were picked up in the most filthy bus that sounded like the gear box was going to fall out. The windows were so dirty it wrecked any pictures that you tried to take. The jet boat ride was good but as far as the four wheel drive safari, what a huge let down. We were not in any actual four wheel drive vehicles but a bus that went over a few mounds of dirt and that was it. We then got back to the main shop and was told we would have to wait for an hour for the bus to drive us back to Queenstown. There was no mention of this when booking. Im sorry to say that I would not recommned this tour. Waste of money.

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